First 3D printed concrete bridge opens in the Netherlands
23 October 17First 3D printed concrete bridge opens in the Netherlands
3D printed concrete bridge has been opened in Gemert, the Netherlands. The construction is meant to be used by cyclists, it connects 2 roads over shallow stream.
The bridge was designed and built by BAM Infra company and engineers from Eindhoven University of Technology. The process lasted about 3 months. Construction has some 800 printed layers of concrete. The final bridge stretches 8 m long, 3.5 m wide and is 0.9 m thick. It is able to support 5 tons and is expected to last for 30 years at least.
MX3D startup is working on construction of 3D-printed bridges in the Netherlands as well. In 2015, the team unveiled a robot, which is able to print metal bridges directly on the ground. The startup also planned to open its first bridge in 2017, but there is no such information yet.
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